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Man, 19, Charged With Underage Drinking at His Birthday Party

Barrington police seize beer from basement party at house on Bradford Street.

Barrington Police patrol car. Credit: File Photo
Barrington Police patrol car. Credit: File Photo

A 19-year-old Barrington man celebrated his birthday last Friday, Jan. 10, by getting arrested for underage drinking under the state’s social host law. 

Jared Silk, of 8 Bradford St., was charged by Barrington police for being in possession of a 6-pack and a 12-pack of beer in the basement of his parents’ home. 

It appeared that he was celebrating with four friends – another 19-year-old and three 18-year-olds, according to Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.

Police were alerted to the party by a caller in the neighborhood. The woman said she saw three “kids” taking a large amount of alcoholic beverages from the trunk of a car parked in the lot of the Barrington United Methodist Church around 7:40 pm, said LaCross. They walked down Bradford Street toward Silk’s home.

Police officers were greeted at the door of the home by Silk’s father, who said he had no knowledge of anyone in the house with alcoholic beverages. 

When they walked into the back yard of the house, the officers noticed the bulkhead door to the basement was open. They looked inside and noticed the beer, said LaCross. 

Silk said his parents were unaware of the beer in the basement. He would not tell officers how he obtained the beer or where it came from, said LaCross. It was seized by police officers.

Silk was given a date to appear in Barrington Municipal Court to face the charge.

Meg Jones January 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Parents need to be aware of what is going on in their own home. No excuse.
Meg Jones January 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Living in this town and watching families repeat the same enabling with child after child is nothing short of criminal. Parents need to be the first line of defense against underage substance use.

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